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Where can one find Queso Chihuahua in the greater D.C. area?

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cem7k Feb 3, 2012 01:57 PM

After spending four hours driving to eleven specialty mercados I am at a loss. Does anyone know where I can buy queso chihuahua in the greater DC Metro area?

I would like to make queso fundido for a super bowl party and am getting desperate.

Thanks to anyone who might be able to help.

  1. tommyskitchen Feb 3, 2012 02:02 PM

    I'm not sure what Queso Chihuahua is, but have you tried Bestway, Grand Mart, or El Eden in Alexandria?

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      cem7k Feb 3, 2012 02:08 PM

      I hit Grand Mart and El Eden without success. I am headed to Bestway tomorrow morning and will be sure to post if successful.

      In case you are curious, Queso Chihuahua is the primary ingredient in queso fundido, which is pretty much the best thing in the world. Yes, I put two pounds on just typing it, but it is so worth it.

      The best I have had in D.C. is at Oyemal. The Washingtonian was nice enough to even publish the recipe. http://www.washingtonian.com/blogarti...

      Only problem? I cannot find the darn cheese!

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        ashleyrar Feb 3, 2012 02:21 PM

        maybe try the delicious market on 14th across from quincy NW? i know they have some mexican and el salvadorian cheeses.

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      cambridgeMike Feb 3, 2012 06:00 PM

      I think the beltway in takoma park on piney branch carries it

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        sarichardson Feb 3, 2012 07:37 PM

        Shopper's in Alexandria on Route 1 has a lot of Mexican/Salvadoran cheeses in the cooler near the other foods. I seem to remember about 15 kinds. Also, I just bought some cheese this evening at Eastern Market in DC that was labeled "Queso Quesadilla" which is supposedly a good melting cheese from the butcher across from the organic chicken stand (indoors). They had several other Mexican cheeses, but all had pretty generic names.

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          agarnett100 Feb 3, 2012 10:02 PM

          Try Pan Am Supermarket in Takoma Park

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            cem7k Feb 5, 2012 06:21 AM

            I tried Eastern Market to no avail. As a back-up I did buy the queso quesadilla. I know it scraps making queso fundido, but at least it will still taste good.

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            MikeR Feb 4, 2012 06:21 AM

            Have you tried looking for an alternate name for it? Or will you know it when you see it no matter what it's called? "Queso Chihuahua" just sounds like such a generic name.

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              sarichardson Feb 4, 2012 06:33 AM

              Yes, I think you're right about the alternate names. Pick up any Mexican/Mexican-style cheese that is good for melting and you should be in pretty good shape for queso fundido. In fact, I may use my Queso Quesadilla from Eastern Market for your recipe (butcher also has Mexican chorizo) instead of nachos.

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                cem7k Feb 5, 2012 06:24 AM

                I am afraid that I have searched far and wide for substitutes, but all the research basically said that if you want to make good really queso fundido, you need the real thing. So I am off to Bestway with my fingers crossed knowing that if it does not come through it will be quesadilla's at tonight's party instead of what was originally planned.

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                  luckyfatima Feb 5, 2012 12:03 PM

                  Queso Oaxaca works for this-this is what you want. Queso quesadilla will work and also pupusa cheeses like quesillo or queso enredo just in case you cannot find any MX cheese. I have never seen queso chihuahua but queso oaxaca and asadero (melty but doesn't melt quite as nicely but will work if you can find it) are normal at our grocery stores in Texas where I am from, don't even have to go to a MX market, but here in NOVA MX products are so hard to find but there is an abundance of Central American products.

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              Steve Feb 4, 2012 06:26 AM

              Here is a thread from the L.A. Chowhound Board which leads me to believe that you are unlikely to find anything labeled as such here:

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/767353

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                cem7k Feb 5, 2012 07:55 AM

                I am afraid you are correct. The Bestway in Alexandria did not have it either.

                If anyone every actually finds it, please be kind enough to post the location.

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                dakrause Jan 8, 2014 08:48 PM

                It appears Walmart in Vienna carries Chihuahua cheese:
                Walmart store #5936—Vienna
                1500 B Cornerside Blvd
                Vienna, VA 22182

                http://www.walmart.com/ip/Supremo-Que...

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                  dakrause Jan 13, 2014 02:24 PM

                  Walmart in Laurel, MD apparently has it in stock:
                  Walmart Supercenter Store #1985
                  3549 Russett Grn
                  Laurel, MD 20724
                  Phone: (301) 604-0180

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                    Hal Laurent Jan 13, 2014 10:44 PM

                    This won't do the original poster from 2012 much good, but Chihuahua is easy to find in the Hispanic and near-Hispanic neighborhoods in Baltimore.

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                      Just Visiting Jan 14, 2014 03:38 AM

                      Ditto as to timing, but FWIW, none other than Rick Bayless uses Monterrey Jack:

                      http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/ba...

                      1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
                      1/2 pound Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (3 cups
                      )1 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
                      3 tablespoons tequila
                      Kosher salt
                      2 medium tomatoes—cored, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
                      2 jalapeños, seeded and minced
                      1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
                      Warm corn tortillas or corn chips, for serving

                      In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the diced tomatoes, minced jalapeños, diced onion and a large pinch of salt and cook over moderately high heat, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Pour in the tequila and cook, stirring frequently, until the skillet looks nearly dry, about 2 minutes.

                      Reduce the heat to low. Add the cheese and cook, stirring constantly, until fully melted, about 30 seconds. Quickly transfer the queso fundido to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with the cilantro and serve immediately, with tortillas or chips.

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